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A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier
A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
It's been a day and a half since watching Walkabout. Normally I come and write my thoughts down right away, but this one has given me fits with how to express them.
A brother and sister, stranded and left in the outback, try and survive after running into an aborigine during his 'walkabout' - where on his 16th birthday he must go and live in the wildnerness surviving off the natural means of the earth. It's a very simple tale yet shown to us so poetically that it begs you to reflect on your own life.
Director Nicholas Roeg shows us what surviving in the wilderness of the Australian outback can feel like, and in such a natural beautiful way.…
Film #28 in The June Challenge
Walkabout is a fantastic coming-of-age film that pits western repression against primitive freedom. Roeg's film follows a teenage girl and her young brother as they travel through the Australian outback. The two children maintain their school uniforms and attempt to act civilized despite their current situation; the sister continuously scolds her brother about getting his coat dirty. Roeg opens the film by contrasting scenes of modern society, which are busy and mechanical, with scenes of the natural beauty of the outback. A marvellous shot tracks across a brick wall and ends looking out into a vast and beautiful landscape. Roeg makes it obvious that the core argument in his film is nature versus civilization.…
A teenage girl and her younger brother are driven out into the middle of the Australian outback by their father, under the presumption of having a picnic, when suddenly he goes mad and tries to kill them before setting the car on fire and killing himself. The two are then left to wander hopelessly through the wilderness, forced to live off the land. And so goes Nicolas Roeg's highly regarded Walkabout, a film which opens with a title card explaining the so-named Aboriginal rite of passage, where a male member of the tribe is sent off at a certain age to do just that very thing.
Walkabout is a very binary film, obvious in its civilization/nature dichotomy to the point…
While I haven't quite successfully fallen head-over-heels in love with any of Nicolas Roeg's individual films yet, the one thing that I have consistently loved is that he has a very creative sense of style. His unique photography and editing manage to oscillate between serenely beautiful and roughly jarring, a technical range not many filmmakers are capable of. He also consistently succeeds in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic medium, contrasting images and forcing us to draw our own conclusions from them.
This continues in Walkabout. Roeg crosscuts between the death of a kangaroo in the wild and a butcher chopping meat in his shop. He layers images on top of each other as if in a dissolve, but instead…
The use of the environment is phenomenal, the joyful freedom in some scenes left me elated, more directors need to shoot their films
Sooooo pretty. Also sad. A little on the nose with the symbolism at times, but overall great and wonderful, and I really don't feel like writing a substantive review.
Very beautiful portrait of the outback of Australia. It almost felt like a documentary at times with the beautiful shots of the landscape of the animals and environment. I had no clue what to expect when I went into this and I usually like to focus and character and plot. I need to re-watch this film in the future with that in mind because that is not what the focus of this film is. This film is about the concepts of clash of cultures and the nature of Australia. A beautiful film that definitely has great cultural value.
I really enjoyed Walkabout. Not only is it a fantastic film about growing up and surviving but it's also incredibly engaging, slightly hypnotic and very enjoyable. Great performances from the young cast with Jenny Agutter being magnetic and incredibly lovely. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and I really loved the editing; the score is also great to. A fantastic Australian film that never lost my interest even with it's slower pacing.
Roeg is still up to his old tricks (lest you think you will be allowed to meditate on these images, here's a scene straight out of Benny Hill to break the tone!) but this is more thematically coherent (to me) than either Performance or The Man Who Fell To Earth. Perhaps what makes this so much more accessible to me is the clarity of intent. There's no mistaking that scene of the children swimming in the pool next to the ocean, and the film follows it up with similarly breathtaking metaphors for most the rest of the film.
Not that clarity of intent is necessary for a film to be good (in fact, it's often antithetical to the kind of…
Walkabout is a very beautiful, and at times, even poetic movie. The idea for the movie and the basic plot is nice, but I feel it's not executed as it should be. The scenes I liked the most were the ones with the brother and sister. They are really sweet. However, after that, it kinda gets boring for me. The movie is okay, but I cannot say that I loved it. Maybe I am missing something here? Who knows?
A 3.5/5 star rating for now. Would not be shocked if my rating for this increases as it resonates over time.
Roeg handles the camera and the megaphone well. He paints a beautiful gray collage of brutalist 1970 Sydney in the opening scenes following the black VW beetle back to the Antonioniesque apartment block with its swimming pool above the harbor.
Gliding past the corner of a brick wall and onto the desert.
So many interesting nonlinear elements are so casually injected into the surreal story; this could have been a banal project in someone else's hands, but you scratch your head in some scenes, wondering, "did that rally happen or not?"
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